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Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 


Lack of ability or capacity. Lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications.

Florida ? forever the land of hanging chads, marred by the stain of electoral incompetence ? found itself Saturday embroiled in a recount lollapalooza that recalled the presidential limbo of 18 years ago that made the state a national joke.
The Palm Beach Post, 11/12/2018

Words in the News Quiz
5 Middle School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Commemorate

Any of several rod-shaped bacteria, of the genus Salmonella, that cause food poisoning and other diseases.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

To swing indecisively from one course of action or opinion to another.

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

2. Plateau

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

3. Bandolier

A teacher and guide in spiritual and philosophical matters.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

An ammunition belt, worn over the shoulder, having loops or pockets for cartridges.

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

4. Embargo

Something that is passed down from preceding generations; a tradition.

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

A prohibition by a government on certain or all trade with a foreign nation

Any of various relatively small sailing or motor-driven vessels used for pleasure cruises or racing.

5. Boisterous

Loud, noisy, and lacking in restraint or discipline

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

One thing conceived as representing another; a symbol.

A metric unit of length equal to 1,000 meters (0.62 mile).

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